Chef Training

Alex ConnellA 5-Day Training Programme for Chefs, Caterers and Restaurateurs

If you are a professional chef, restauranteur or maybe just an experienced cook wanting to get in to vegetarian catering, this intensive training week is for you.

In recent years there has been an ever increasing demand for healthy, meat-free meals. Chefs, professional caterers and menu planners are discovering that vegetarian options can no longer be a last minute thought.

The Cordon Vert School is the home of vegetarian cuisine and, since its inception in 1982, has trained hundreds of chefs through its Diploma programme. Participants have learned how to create truly spectacular vegetarian food that their customers will want time and time again.

Cordon Vert remains at the forefront of promoting innovative vegetarian cuisine and has trained a diverse mixture of people ranging from pub cooks and school dinner ladies to university chefs and 5 star executive head chefs. Don't just take our word for the quality of our training, take a look at what others are saying:

"Vegetarian cuisine is changing and customers are becoming more sophisticated. If you don't catch up you will be left behind." - Paul Gayler, Executive Chef of the Lanesborough Hotel, Hyde Park.

"The training we had was excellent, it has made us far more aware of vegetarian needs. We now offer vegetarian food as a standard part of our menu." - Derek Morton, Catering Systems Manager at the University of Reading.

"A true understanding of vegetarianism can not come from a book. This course gives an insight into tastes and textures a vegetarian craves as well as achieving a nutritional balance." - Mark Gane, Halls Food Service Manager at Loughborough University.

"If you a really serious about vegetarian cooking I recommend the Cordon Vert professional course. It is not a leisure course, it is hard work, but that is what makes it so valuable - and rewarding." - Chris Cutler, owner of The English Tea Room.

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To sign up or to find further course details, dates and prices click here. We welcome bookings from students living in the UK or overseas on all our courses.

How the Diploma Works:
Our intensive Cordon Vert Professional Chef's Diploma programme aims to train participants in all aspect of vegetarian catering over just a few days.

We start off with practical workshops aiming to give our students a foundation base in vegetarian cuisine, techniques and food flavouring. Although the course is mainly practical it also includes a mixture of tutor talks and group projects.

Topics cover understanding vegetarian diets and nutrition, looking at suitable ingredients, how to avoid common pitfalls and providing solutions to unfortunately recurring problems. The course steadily progresses to cover advanced menu planning, dietary restrictions and fine dining.

A practical exam is held on the final day of the course before students are presented with their well earned Cordon Vert Diploma.

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Professional Training Brochure [download]
This PDF brochure contains the full schedule for our Cordon Vert Professional Diploma week. If you would like to book a place on one of our courses by post or fax you can download a booking form here.

Bespoke Training

If you are a chef or a business manager we may be able to offer you a bespoke training package to suit your needs. Also if you are interested in sending a group of chefs on our regular diploma week, we may be able to schedule extra dates into our calendar for your convenience or offer training to you a reduced rate.

Onsite Training
We are able to offer training at your business premises if you are based in the UK and have adequate kitchen space. We can in most cases customise our course content to suit your business needs.

For more information call Ben on 0161 925 2033 to discuss your requirements and what options are available.
The Cordon Vert Vegetarian Cookery School
The Vegetarian Society
Parkdale, Dunham Road, Altrincham WA14 4QG
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